Monday, July 28, 2014

H in her party skirt


Just a few fun pictures now that I have had the opportunity to get H to model for me. She was in a picture-taking mood today AND had been playing with a party hat left over from her first birthday party. So we pretended she was going to a birthday party. 


With a pet alligator, of course. 


I told her to show me her "surprised " face. 


SURPRISE!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Skirts!

 H is starting preschool this year, and it's making me go crazy, apparently. I have spent an utterly absurd amount of time and money on the perfect backpack and lunchbox (you seriously don't even want to know how much brain power has gone into this). 

Now I am frantically making school clothes. Oh! She will need reversible jumpers for school! I keep telling myself. Even though school is going to be two mornings a week. And it's not like she doesn't already have clothes.

I think I have pre-traumatic stress. Or some form of OCD. I don't know. Whatever.

I am currently starting work on a fancy personalized nap mat. Even though the kid hasn't napped in a year and a half. (Maybe she'll rest! Right.) And I just purchased the (expensive) materials to make her a mini messenger bag. For school. Even though... previously mentioned backpack.

I'm pretty sure N is going to stage an intervention soon. 

Aaaaaanyway.

Here are some skirts I made. For school. I'm sure she will be the most overstyled kid in the 3's class.




I really love this style, and will definitely be making more of these. I got the tutorial from a blog called Groovy Baby... and Mama. I think it's a Danish blog, and the tutorial is in Danish, but between the photos, the simplicity of the design, and a little Google Translate magic, I was able to figure it out.

I thought the camera print was a bit funky. H likes it. "YOU have a camera, Mama!" You should know, child, as I have been sticking it in your face nine times a day since birth. Poor kid.

With a little friend showing off the skirt's best feature: POCKETS!

 I love pockets. Why have I never put them in one of H's skirts before? Nothing could be easier. I also used some jumbo rickrack on the bottom for a little extra something.

She probably won't really be wearing this one a whole lot for awhile, because I accidentally made it a bit too long.

This next skirt is one I can't BELIEVE has taken me so long. I have had the tutorial (from the ever-talented Dana) in the back of my mind for two years, and I have had the fabric (from Michael Miller's Mini Mikes line) in my stash for about the same length of time, just waiting to figure out what to do with it. Finally, one day, the two thoughts bumped into each other. :-)


Ruffles! Pennants! Polkadots! Razzmatazz! It's a party in skirt form!

I like the red rolled hem, which is good, because I used it for several other projects I have going at the same time. (Setting up the serger for a rolled hem takes me forever, because I just don't do it that often and have to get out the manual, so I figured I'd better make it worth my while. And I had several projects in my to-do list with ruffles and red accents, so it worked out well.)



I added some top-stitching, which wasn't in the original tutorial, because I can't NOT.

Dots hiding under the ruffles. So fun.


Here's the inside, just in case you're wondering what that's like. Surprisingly neat and un-bulky, considering everything going on on the outside.

This skirt would have been pretty tedious to do all at once, I think. (That is a LOT of serging and gathering and pinning.) But I was sort of working on it between projects and in little snatches of time, so it seemed to go fast.

Boy is it cute on the kiddo. I'll have to come back and add a picture later.

If I do it again, I'll do seersucker like Dana did in the original. If possible, it's even cuter, and I can't get enough seersucker.

Well, off to do some hand-stitching on a blanket for a nap mat that will probably never get used! 



Monday, July 21, 2014

Green and gold Baylor wreath

A few months ago, I decided the big ol' "offering plate" above our mantel looked too naked, so I had N hang our monogram front door wreath (which I had been using as our year-round wreath when there wasn't a holiday-specific one on there) on top of it. I really like the way that looks, so I decided to leave it up there.




Which left our front door wreathless. Quelle horreur! ;-)

So this week, with C taking more regular naps and H having a newly instituted "quiet activity time" in her room every weekday afternoon, I sometimes have as much as 30 free minutes a day. :-) (Sometimes.)

With all this free time, I decided to do something about the naked door, so I made one of the yarn wreaths I have seen all over Pinterest for the last few years. So easy and so fast! And I made it in green and gold, which I like because it kind of works for most seasons and also, of course, because it is Baylor's team colors. And around here, we're getting juuuuuust a little excited about the start of football season and the opening of our brand-new stadium!

(Can I just say how often I find myself reflecting on how nice it is that my university has pretty colors?)

The making of the wreath is fairly self-explanatory, so I'll just leave you with pictures. The felt flowers were made using this tutorial. The whole thing took maybe an hour.





Monday, July 28, 2014

H in her party skirt


Just a few fun pictures now that I have had the opportunity to get H to model for me. She was in a picture-taking mood today AND had been playing with a party hat left over from her first birthday party. So we pretended she was going to a birthday party. 


With a pet alligator, of course. 


I told her to show me her "surprised " face. 


SURPRISE!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Skirts!

 H is starting preschool this year, and it's making me go crazy, apparently. I have spent an utterly absurd amount of time and money on the perfect backpack and lunchbox (you seriously don't even want to know how much brain power has gone into this). 

Now I am frantically making school clothes. Oh! She will need reversible jumpers for school! I keep telling myself. Even though school is going to be two mornings a week. And it's not like she doesn't already have clothes.

I think I have pre-traumatic stress. Or some form of OCD. I don't know. Whatever.

I am currently starting work on a fancy personalized nap mat. Even though the kid hasn't napped in a year and a half. (Maybe she'll rest! Right.) And I just purchased the (expensive) materials to make her a mini messenger bag. For school. Even though... previously mentioned backpack.

I'm pretty sure N is going to stage an intervention soon. 

Aaaaaanyway.

Here are some skirts I made. For school. I'm sure she will be the most overstyled kid in the 3's class.




I really love this style, and will definitely be making more of these. I got the tutorial from a blog called Groovy Baby... and Mama. I think it's a Danish blog, and the tutorial is in Danish, but between the photos, the simplicity of the design, and a little Google Translate magic, I was able to figure it out.

I thought the camera print was a bit funky. H likes it. "YOU have a camera, Mama!" You should know, child, as I have been sticking it in your face nine times a day since birth. Poor kid.

With a little friend showing off the skirt's best feature: POCKETS!

 I love pockets. Why have I never put them in one of H's skirts before? Nothing could be easier. I also used some jumbo rickrack on the bottom for a little extra something.

She probably won't really be wearing this one a whole lot for awhile, because I accidentally made it a bit too long.

This next skirt is one I can't BELIEVE has taken me so long. I have had the tutorial (from the ever-talented Dana) in the back of my mind for two years, and I have had the fabric (from Michael Miller's Mini Mikes line) in my stash for about the same length of time, just waiting to figure out what to do with it. Finally, one day, the two thoughts bumped into each other. :-)


Ruffles! Pennants! Polkadots! Razzmatazz! It's a party in skirt form!

I like the red rolled hem, which is good, because I used it for several other projects I have going at the same time. (Setting up the serger for a rolled hem takes me forever, because I just don't do it that often and have to get out the manual, so I figured I'd better make it worth my while. And I had several projects in my to-do list with ruffles and red accents, so it worked out well.)



I added some top-stitching, which wasn't in the original tutorial, because I can't NOT.

Dots hiding under the ruffles. So fun.


Here's the inside, just in case you're wondering what that's like. Surprisingly neat and un-bulky, considering everything going on on the outside.

This skirt would have been pretty tedious to do all at once, I think. (That is a LOT of serging and gathering and pinning.) But I was sort of working on it between projects and in little snatches of time, so it seemed to go fast.

Boy is it cute on the kiddo. I'll have to come back and add a picture later.

If I do it again, I'll do seersucker like Dana did in the original. If possible, it's even cuter, and I can't get enough seersucker.

Well, off to do some hand-stitching on a blanket for a nap mat that will probably never get used! 



Monday, July 21, 2014

Green and gold Baylor wreath

A few months ago, I decided the big ol' "offering plate" above our mantel looked too naked, so I had N hang our monogram front door wreath (which I had been using as our year-round wreath when there wasn't a holiday-specific one on there) on top of it. I really like the way that looks, so I decided to leave it up there.




Which left our front door wreathless. Quelle horreur! ;-)

So this week, with C taking more regular naps and H having a newly instituted "quiet activity time" in her room every weekday afternoon, I sometimes have as much as 30 free minutes a day. :-) (Sometimes.)

With all this free time, I decided to do something about the naked door, so I made one of the yarn wreaths I have seen all over Pinterest for the last few years. So easy and so fast! And I made it in green and gold, which I like because it kind of works for most seasons and also, of course, because it is Baylor's team colors. And around here, we're getting juuuuuust a little excited about the start of football season and the opening of our brand-new stadium!

(Can I just say how often I find myself reflecting on how nice it is that my university has pretty colors?)

The making of the wreath is fairly self-explanatory, so I'll just leave you with pictures. The felt flowers were made using this tutorial. The whole thing took maybe an hour.